Malaysia without Anwar

The opposition leader is back in jail: At least five years’ imprisonment after the Federal Court ruled him guilty of sodomy.

The 'oil war'

When the oil price collapses, countries that depend heavily on oil exports to make ends meet are obviously going to get hurt. But is the US really out to get Venezuela, as its president claims?

Settle for a stalemate

Does anybody think that Angela Merkel is wrong about this?

Jonathan's luck

When 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria last April, it took Jonathan 40 days even to mention the incident.

Peak everything

Bee colonies are dying off, we're running out of fertilizer, we're depleting the soil, and growth in food production is slowing. It will get worse.

A woman's faith

In several countries, women are more likely than men to believe in God.

With friends like these, the fight in Syria, Iraq is messy

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the US each have their own, different, reasons for getting involved.

The fate of the two-state solution and Israel’s election

Netanyahu has encouraged Israelis to believe that the status quo can be a lasting substitute for a negotiated settlement. But the outside world has been losing patience.

Greece's radical rise

Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left is an ideological grab-bag of democratic socialists, Eurocommunists, Greens, Maoists, Trotskyists and assorted populists, but in Alexis Tsipras it has a young charismatic leader.

A punch from the Pope

The strategic objective of France and all the other Western target nations of Islamic extremists should be to prevent a real war.

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